Why is Tal Ronnen, The Conscious Cook, Vegan?

I picked up a copy of The Conscious Cook because I was getting in a culinary rut and wanted some inspiration. I had heard of Tal on various websites and because of his connection with Oprah, so I knew his cookbook would be a great resource.

In the book, I found a nice infographic about why Tal is vegan. He put it so succinctly that I felt compelled to share it.

Health
Cutting out animal products means virtually eliminating the risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, and several types of cancer. Your energy shoots up and your weight is likely to drop.

Ethics
Most of us question the morality of eating animals, and many people who feel it’s absolutely wrong do it anyway out of habit. Eating with a clear conscience – feeling good about everything you put in your mouth – lightens up your life.

Planet
Factory farming of animals consumes and pollutes insane quantities of water and demands so much feed that it threatens forests. And because greenhouse gases from animal emissions are destroying the atmosphere.

Helping Others
The grain fed to livestock could feed at least twice as many hungry people in third-world countries. Weakening the livestock industry by buying less or no meat is a step toward rejiggering resources to save lives.

And he tosses in a couple extra noteworthy quotations…

Because Albert Einstein said so: “Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”

Because Paul McCartney says so: “If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. That’s the single most important thing you can do.”

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I just got a B12 Booster!

Recently, I noticed I was running out my Pure Vegan B12 spray. I was contemplating going back to the Healthy Habit B12 Energy Patches I had used before just to mix it up a bit. My top priority, regardless of the form of my B12, was to buy local (a commitment I made at the beginning of the summer). Unfortunately, no one in my area sells any B12 except in the form of a pill. I don’t like pills, so I decided to take a leap that I had been thinking about for while. What about getting a B12 shot?!

It seemed a bit drastic and to be honest the only time I had heard anything about them was from celebrities like Justin Timberlake and Madonna (yes! I still consider myself hip enough to reference them in my blog!). I knew there was a local lab that did it but I didn’t know any of the details. So, of course, I did a bit of internet research.

According to Any Lab Test Now’s website, a Vitamin B12 injection can:

  • Increase Your Energy
  • Help You Lose Weight
  • Enhance Your Mood
  • Improve Your Sleep

Who doesn’t want all that and for only $15!? So I sucked up some courage, made my way down to the lab and sat in the waiting area for my turn. In less than 5 minutes, my body contained a B12 booster. I thought I was going to have to get one every week, but the woman giving me the shot said she had one every 3 weeks to help her sleep. I’m anxious to see if I get all of the promised benefits in the coming weeks too.

Have you had a B12 shot? What benefits did you experience? Please share your thoughts below, on Facebook or on Twitter.